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Sin, Jim. Jim Sin was created by Hugh Wiley (Wildcat (I), James Lee Wong) and appeared in four stories in Saturday Evening Post in 1922 and 1923, beginning with “The Survival of Sin” (Saturday Evening Post, Aug. 19, 1922).

Jim Sin is an elderly Chinese man in San Francisco, “half as old as an elephant and twice as wise in the wisdom of the East.” He is bailed out of jail after a New Year’s Festival by Doctor Holland and set to work in Holland’s household as his cook. Sin is well-educated and given to voicing numerous quotations and aphorisms, as well as cannily managing the affairs of those he encounters. That is, the Chinese he deals with. To Anglos like Holland, he blandly speaks in pidgin, surviving their pigheadedness and coolly manipulating them when he can.

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